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Freeman heads back to Louisville

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CINCINNATI -- To make room for the callup of starting pitcher Tony Cingrani on Thursday, the Reds optioned reliever Justin Freeman to Triple-A Louisville.

Freeman was called up on Monday for the first time in his career when ace Johnny Cueto went on the disabled list with a strained right lat muscle.

During the Reds' 11-2 win over the Phillies, Freeman made his Major League debut and gave up two runs in the eighth inning. Freddy Galvis' jumped a first pitch for a two-run home run.

"I'm glad we got him into the game last night. I hate to have a kid come up here and go right back without pitching," Reds manager Dusty Baker said. "He learned something. He thought with the score at 11-0 that the guy was just going to take one. He learned the hard way. It was a good lesson for him."

Mark Sheldon is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Mark My Word, and follow him on Twitter @m_sheldon. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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